Considering my last Instagram post, it’s no secret that I’m obsessed with avocados. Like, really obsessed. So imagine the thrill of opening National Day Calendar to find that today is National Avocado Day…basically Christmas morning. It’s a nutritionist’s dream. Prep yourself for all the avocado content you’ll find in the online nutrition world today. Call off work, kids.
Business first. Why do I recommend that almost all my clients eat avocados regularly? Let me count the ways…
Now why do I personally looooove avocados? Well I don’t discriminate when it comes to cravings. Both sweet AND salty cravings are my constant companions, and avocados push my buttons in all the right ways. When I left my parents’ home at age 14 to go off to boarding school, I was surprised to learn that most Americans eat avocados in a “salty” way…in salads, as guacamole, on sandwiches. I was thrilled because this expanded my avocado horizon. I come from a Filipino home where we ate avocados in “sweet” ways.
My favorite and easiest dish is one I often have for breakfast even though it’s called a dessert. I asked my mom what the tagalog word is for this dish, and she said, “It’s basically an avocado shake, but it’s not.” On the island my mom is from, few families could afford blenders or had access to fresh milk, so they simply scooped the avocado meat into a bowl, poured in canned evaporated milk, and sprinkled white sugar over the whole lot. I’ve had this traditional version, and, holy guacamole, it’s delish. But to work this into my own kitchen, I make some healthy swaps for the refined white sugar and dairy.
I know “sweet” avocado sounds strange to most Americans, but give it a shot. Being able to use avocados with a whole new flavor palate is a GAME CHANGER.